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Ms Anne Hultzsch
Wates House 22
Gordon Street
London
WC1H 0QB
Appointment
  • UCL Teaching Fellow
  • The Bartlett School of Architecture
  • Faculty of the Built Environment
Biography

Anne Hultzsch is an architectural historian and architect by training. She studied architecture at the Technical University Munich and at La Sapienza in Roma, has practiced in Rotterdam and Vienna before gaining a masters and PhD in architectural history at The Bartlett, UCL. She is author of Architecture, Travellers and Writers: Constructing Histories of Perception 1640-1950 (Legenda, 2014) and has most recently contributed essays to Concepts of Creativity in Seventeenth-Century England (Boydell, 2013), Nineteenth-Century Photographs and Architecture: Documenting History, Charting Progress, and Exploring the World (Ashgate, 2013) and Writing Design: Words and Objects (Berg, 2011). Anne is also a contributing author to 30-Second Architecture (Ivy, 2013) and The Phaidon Atlas of 21st Century World Architecture (Phaidon, 2008). 

Anne has presented her work at national and international conferences and workshops and has co-convened events on her research topics at UCL, Oxford University and in Turin. She has held fellowships at the Canadian Centre for Architecture and the Getty Research Institute. Anne is a member of the European Architectural History Network, where she currently serves as web editor, as well as of the Society of Architectural Historians Great Britain, the Association of Art Historians and the Architectural Humanities Research Association.

Research Summary

Anne Hultzsch’s research is concerned with the link between the representation of architecture and its perception at different moments in history. She is interested in locating specific constellations in the past which changed the way in which the built environment was understood and represented, a search which has lead her to investigate topics as divers as 17th-century natural philosophy, early novels, 18th-century landscape gardens, the beginnings of the art historical discipline in the 1800s or architectural journalism in the mid 20th century. 

Anne is author of Architecture, Travellers and Writers: Constructing Histories of Perception 1640-1950 (Legenda, 2014), which examined a selection of travel writings spanning four centuries, arguing that it is language, the description of architecture, which offers clues about the historical development of perception. Texts investigated here include, among others, the first edition of Nikolaus Pevsner’s Buildings of England, an 1855 art guide by Swiss art historian Jacob Burckhardt, Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe (1719) as well as the 17th-century diary of John Evelyn. 

Most recently, Anne has turned to focus on word-image relationships in 19th and 20th-century architectural writing and has just completed an article investigating Nikolaus Pevsner's use of text and images in the Architectural Review in the 1940s (Journal of Architecture, under review). Her current project, “Architecture in the Public Eye: Words and Images in the Nineteenth-Century British Illustrated Press”, examines the representation, in word and image, of the city and its spaces in both the architectural as well as the popular illustrated press of the 19th and early 20th centuries. 

Teaching Summary

In her teaching, Anne Hultzsch emphasises the link between the history and theory of architecture and its material object, the built in the widest sense. On the other hand, Anne enforces in her teaching the idea of a cognitive history of architecture that takes into account the whole social, cultural and material context in which people of the past have designed, used and critiqued architecture. Including site visits to buildings, open spaces as well as archives and exhibitions whenever possible, Anne is currently running modules at the The Bartlett School of Architecture (UCL) as well as at the School of History, Queen Mary University of London. She has over six years of teaching experience on undergraduate and postgraduate level, including undergraduate dissertation supervision. Subjects taught include a wide range of topics besides the history of British architecture since c.1600, such as the history of vision and perception, architectural description, architecture and travel, the Grand Tour, architecture in the 18th-century novel, routes and circuits in the landscape garden, concepts of metaphor, semiology and architecture, the history of curiosity, 17th-century natural history and architecture, the British country house, architecture and early photography, modern concepts of space as well as architecture and war, in particular the London Blitz, among others. 

Academic Background
2011 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Architecture History and Theory University College London
2006 MSc Master of Science – Architecture History and Theory University College London
2003 Dipl. Ing. Diplom- Ingenieur – Architecture Technische Universitat München
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